Visions of school days past

Christopher RobinOur Town Arts, Sevier

The abandoned Island View School off Boyd’s Creek Highway in Sevier County has been the subject of Robin’s painting and my photography efforts on several occasions. This interesting old structure has the added bonus of a beautifully mangled tree and a mountainous backdrop. Earlier this spring it was opened up for a group of painters and I was able to tag along with my camera.

The old but decorative pot belly stove caught my eye. Lighting conditions were not great so I again used HDR (high dynamic range) processing. Still not satisfied, I added some color saturation and a painterly affect in post processing and kind of like the result.

One of Robin’s paintings of the school can be viewed in a previous Knox TN Today post here.

Photographer Chris and painter Robin Rohwer each week share a painting or photograph that captured their interest in hopes that it will also capture yours. They have a small studio and gallery in the Phoenix Building at 418 South Gay Street where you can stop and see their work. Their website is All works are copyright protected.

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